You image needs to be Square!

Please crop your image below, then save using the green button, or cancel using the red X

My little Henry, by D.K.

Henry and I met under circumstances that were at the same time both amazing and clichéd. I was on the floor with seven Maltese-Yorkshire terrier puppies, Morkies as they are called, and had my eye on a sweet female, white with apricot ears. She stayed in a corner timidly, but a little dark coloured male with moxy and an underbite clambered onto my lap, wagging his tail furiously.

He picked me, as they say. The rest, as they also say, is history.

That was over 16 years ago. Henry and I had a wonderful life together. I had had a dog as a youngster but he was the family’s dog, more my brothers’ than mine. Henry was decidedly my dog.

My children had grown up and I was retired for most of his life, so Henry and I were each other’s satellites. I tried very hard not to mother him like a human child, but often those impulses were stronger than I was. For the most part, though, we were just the best ever four-legged and two-legged companions.

And everything I did was better because Henry was there. Trail walks were better, car rides were better, sitting on the patio with friends was better, running on the beach was better, just chillin’ on the couch was better. And for sure, I was a better human being because Henry was there.

There’s no need to recount the particulars of Henry’s death. Suffice to say, his health circumstances were such that I was forced into the decision. It’s the same decision a million pet owners have had to make and a million more will have to do so again. My head told me it was the most loving act I could offer him, but my heart told me I was destroying something I dearly loved.

And although the year since his passing has eased it somewhat, I now know, I will spend the rest of my life trying to reconcile that struggle between my head and my heart.

Rest in peace, my little Henry.


Are you sure you want to Log Out?

Live Webinar

Navigating Pet Loss & Grief

Thursday, June 6th, 2024
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Eastern

Sponsored by:

Navigating Pet Loss & Grief, hosted by Moose’s
March, this webinar is designed to support pet
owners through the difficult journey and depth of
pet loss, anticipatory grief and understanding
guilt. This webinar will also provide 3 key
takeaways for the management of grief,
Featuring insights from renowned experts
Colleen Rolland, Association of Pet Loss and
Bereavement and Dr. Nancy Curotto, Pet Loss &
Bereavement Specialist. Attendees will have an
opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

Special Holiday Schedule

We understand that the holidays can be a difficult time for pet parents missing their fur babies. APLB will be extending our hours this year to help you – we’ll get through this together.

Chat Room

Sun Dec 24: 2 – 4 pm EST
Sun Dec 24: 8 – 10 pm EST
Mon Dec 25: 8 – 10 pm EST
Tues Dec 26: 8 – 10 pm EST
Wed Dec 27: 8 – 10 pm EST
Fri Dec 29: 8 – 10 pm EST
Sun Dec. 31: 2 – 4 pm EST
Sun. Dec 31: 8 – 10 pm EST
Mon Jan 1: 8 – 10 pm EST

Video Support Group

Sat Dec 9: 7- 9 pm EST
Sun Dec 10: 7- 8:30 EST
Sat Dec. 23: 7 – 9 pm EST